1. City of Sanctuary (CoS)
City of Sanctuary- see here: www.cityofsanctuary.org/about/
City of Sanctuary UK Charter- click here: Charter-July-2017
City of Sanctuary Films: https://cityofsanctuary.org/resources/background/film/
2. Exeter City of Sanctuary (ExCoS):
ExCoS: ‘Key Messages’ – Click on link to download ExCoS KeyMessages
ExCoS: Pledges of Support- Ideas for Action. Concrete examples and suggestions of how organisations or individuals can support refugees and help make Exeter a welcoming city. Download as a PDF here:Pledges of Support- Ideas for Action.docx
Refugee Action have also produced a general guide on some ways people can assist and welcome a newly arrived refugee they have met. Refugee Action: Help_that_a_Newly_Arrived_Refugee_Might_Need
4. Immigration, Asylum, Refugees, …Facts, Figures, and the Meaning of Terms
FAQ: There is sometimes confusion about the important differences between the terms ‘refugee’, ‘asylum seeker’ and ‘ migrant.’ See some definitions by clicking here: https://cityofsanctuary.org/resources/facts-and-figures/
- British Red Cross- Facts and Figures: https://www.redcross.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/how-we-support-refugees/find-out-about-refugees
- Refugee Council: Top 20 facts about refugees and asylum seekers: www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/latest/news/4805_top_20_facts_about_refugees_and_asylum_seekers
- Refugee Council: Ref_C_TILII_APRIL_2017_
- Full Fact: https://fullfact.org/immigration/uk-refugees/
5.Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASCs):
Unaccompanied children and young people seeking asylum are supported by Local Authorities (‘looked after’) under the provisions of Children Act 1989. Children can arrive in the UK spontaneously,through their own efforts (e.g on lorries, ) or be brought by traffickers etc. Alternatively arrangements can be made by the Home Office for very vulnerable unaccompanied children in the EU to be relocated to the UK under either the ‘Dubs’ Amendment or the Family Reunion (Dublin 111 EU regulation) schemes.
What are Local Authorities’ role/responsibilities towards unaccompanied refugee children? See here: 1. https://www.local.gov.uk/topics/communities/refugees-and-asylum-seekers/refugees-and-unaccompanied-children
2. This fact sheet by Coram’s Children’s Legal Centre gives an outline of services a child or young person may receive here from LAs as well as some information on family re-unification, the ‘Dubs’ relocation scheme and the National Transfer Scheme. Coram Unaccompanied children-factsheet
House of Lords- EU Committee report: ‘Children in crisis: unaccompanied migrant children in EU’ 2016-17 ( click here; House of Lords Report-‘Children in Crisis’ UASC)
Fact Sheets: ‘Refugees in the UK’ and ‘Refugees -the UK and EU : These are from the charity Fullfact.org which give statistics about refugees and asylum seekers in UK and EU. www.fullfact.org/immigration/uk-refugees/ and www.fullfact.org/immigration/asylum-seekers-uk-and-europe/
6. Devon’s Response – Resettlement
(Click on links to be taken to the relevant documents)
- Devon County Council: UASC: Council leader John-Hart’s-Report-to-County Council-Oct-2016 UASC; John Hart’s Report to full Council Council. Oct 2016 -pdf
- Devon County Council: Syrian family Resettlement: Information about DCC’s involvement and resettlement pledge commitments can be found here . Or see -https://new.devon.gov.uk/refugees-in-devon/
- Exeter City Council ( https://exeter.gov.uk/-Syrian family Resettlement: How can private landlords help give a new life and safety to vulnerable Syrian families?. Information on what the Council are looking for in order to resettle Syrian families and what they offer etc is on their website here ( The link to the Council’s private leasing scheme is near the end of their website’s Home page and titled ‘A Life away from war’. More info. here.
- A Safe Haven: Devon’s Response to the Refugee Crisis
6. Work in Schools: Sanctuary
A List of books by and/or about refugees which are appropriate for children/young people: A_selection_of_books_about_asylum_se1 (pdf)
rafi+friends -Hopes & Dreams Project: connecting refugee children with UK school children through their hopes and dreams. See here: http://www.rafiandfriends.com/rafi_the_refugee_rabbit_reading_by_the_author_pauline_spearpoint-r8760
The City of Sanctuary website has a lot of resources and examples of current work being undertaken in their Sanctuary in Schools stream : https://schools.cityofsanctuary.org/
City of Sanctuary hosts ‘Asylum Matters’ who campaign nationally on destitution and homelessness among asylum seekers and refugees in the UK. This year (2017) the CoS ‘Sanctuary in Parliament’ event with ‘Asylum Matters’ is on the theme of Destitution and the need for urgent policy changes, including the right to work for asylum seekers. SiP-Destitution-Policy-Briefing
- The British Red Cross and Refugee Action are very involved in supporting asylum seekers and refugees experiencing destitution. Their research reveals destitution is becoming an increasingly widespread problem and is on the rise. www.redcross.org
- Locally ‘Refugee Support Devon‘ (RSD Ltd) provide emergency assistance to destitute asylum seekers and refugees.
8. Detention: Immigration Detention in the UK.
Every year, around 30,000 people are detained under immigration control – frequently for administrative convenience, while a decision on permission to enter the country is made, or prior to their removal or deportation.
However, in reality, a huge majority of those detained are ultimately released back into the UK community, and it raises questions as to what purpose their detention served? There is growing research as to it’s damaging effects on the health and welfare fordetainees.
The UK is unique in Europe in not having a time limit on detention. Indefinite detention causes anxiety, stress and can exacerbate existing mental health issues.
Why are migrants held indefinitely in detention on the authority of Home Office civil servants without going before a judge, even if they have committed no crime? Find out the facts about Detention by looking at some of these sites:
- Detention Forum: A coalition of lead campaigning groups working nationally for reform on issues of detention. http://detentionforum.org.uk
- Detention Action: http://detentionaction.org.uk/ Detention Action support people held in Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centres, near Heathrow Airport in London. They also campaign for changes to UK Immigration law-and particularly for an end to Indefinite Detention. They run the ‘Time4aTimeLimit’ campaign.
- AVID: This organisation gives information about, and supports, the different befriender and visitors’ groups who visit detainees in Centres across the UK. http://www.aviddetention.org.uk/get-involved/visit
- City of Sanctuary’s resources on Detention.: https://cityofsanctuary.org/by-theme/detention/
- For summaries of reports and research studies published in late 2017 on detention see here: http://www.aviddetention.org.uk/news-events/news/new-reports-december-%E2%80%93-january:
Video: ‘Injustice in Immigration Detention 2017’: The Bar Council of England and Wales
In March 2015 the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration published a report on the use of Detention. CBP-7294
The panel’s broad conclusions included the following:
We believe that the UK uses detention disproportionately and inappropriately. When compared with other countries, we detain more than most other European countries and for longer. This practice cannot be justified based on the number of applications we receive to remain in the UK, or on evidence that it enables us effectively to persuade those who are refused leave to remain to leave the country. The system is hugely costly to the tax-payer and seriously detrimental to the individuals we detain in terms of their mental and physical well-being.9
Introducing a maximum time limit on the length of detention
• Providing for automatic judicial oversight of decisions to detain
• Exploring alternatives to immigration detention, such as community-based case management approaches, learning from
Panorama, Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets
A very disturbing documentary and deeply uncomfortable viewing. It documents an undercover investigation into Brook House, one of the UK’s 13 Immigration Removal with very serious allegations of abuse by staff.